Oleko Dundich (1958)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], War Adventure  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |  
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Produced on a truly gargantuan scale, Aleksa Dundic represents the first major Russian-Yugoslavian co-production. Played by Branko Plesa, the title character is the fabled Yugoslav freedom fighter who proved indispensable to the Soviet cause during the October Revolution. Seemingly indestructible, Aleksa Dundic is felled in battle only after his mission in life is fulfilled. But, as the film's stirring finale indicates, he will live on eternally in the hearts of dedicated communists everywhere. It is fascinating to watch Hollywood "myth-making" movie techniques being applied to so anti-Hollywood a subject. One critic accurately summed up Aleksa Dundic as a communist western.

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